Two W&L Soccer Players Honored on All-ODAC First Team

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its postseason men's soccer honors on Monday. Washington and Lee was honored with the placement of Jamie Parker (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) and Ben Thompson (Bozman, Md./Newark (Del.)) on the first team.

Parker, who finished his career as the second leading scorer in W&L history, was named to the first team for the fourth consecutive year. He led the Generals in scoring this season with 24 points (11 goals, 2 assists). For his career, Parker tallied 51 goals and eight assists for a total of 110 points. A native of Pittsford, N.Y., Parker was a tri-captain for the Generals this season. He ended his career by scoring two goals in a 4-3 double overtime loss to Roanoke College last Wednesday in the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

Thompson, hailing from Bozman, Md., was the starting sweeper for W&L throughout most of the 1999 campaign. The four-time letterwinner scored 16 points during his career on four goals and eight assists. Thompson's biggest impact, however, came on the defensive side of the field. His leadership and support helped the defense hold its opponents to an average of 1.49 goals per game, compared to the 2.01 goals per game posted by the General offense. Thompson began the season hobbled by a knee injury, but missed only four games before stepping in to lead the defense in the absence of last year's ODAC Rookie of the Year, Paul Wallace (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry), who also went down with knee problems.

Washington and Lee finished its season at 9-8 overall. The Generals finished the regular season at 6-3 in the ODAC, good enough for the fourth seed in last week's ODAC Tournament.